By guest contributor Roberto Stepanovich
So far, we have received boxes from France, Japan, Morocco and Spain. Over the course of these
months, we have tried some of these items and enjoyed most of them.
A few years ago, we spent a wonderful week in Barcelona. Although we had heard of tapas
previously, it wasn’t until we ate in Barcelona that we fully appreciated the concept. It is several
small servings of different foods that combine to make up a complete meal. Some with
meat, chicken, fish and shellfish, and vegetables, all prepared in various and delicious ways. In
the U.S., there are plenty of places that serve Mexican food but not many that serve authentic
food from Spain. Eating tapas is the way that the Spanish people eat and we loved it.
Today, my wife decided to delve in the box from Spain and prepare some tapas for us. Although
she is a good cook, it isn’t something that she does often, as we both lead busy lives. But today,
she is making an special effort and preparing several tapas for us: my favorite, patatas bravas
(roasted potatoes in a spicy sauce), atún escabeche crostini (marinated tuna on toast), and if we
are still hungry, pan con tomate (a tomato based sauce on toasted baguettes with some sliced
tomatoes), all enjoyed with glasses of one of our favorite wines. All of these dishes use items
found in the TryTheWorld box we received. The scents of these foods being prepared is wafting
through the house as I type this.
We both loved being in Barcelona and this meal will remind us both of the great time we had
there. Knowing how much we enjoyed these meals and having her taking the time and effort to
make them for us is only one of the reasons why I love and appreciate my wife so much. If
variety is the spice of life, this is a great way to celebrate it.